An Alternate Reality

Unexpected Gifts

Late January,
dark days and cold nights,

but Christmas cactus
and amaryllis

don’t heed the season.
They shout, “Spring!”

in bright red dresses
with ruffley skirts.

They smile
at the dark days.

They dance
through the cold nights.

My hibernating heart
is warmed by their laughter.

What unexpected gifts,
these winter blooming flowers.

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